Michigan Tribal Casino Lays Off 1,500 Employees Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Casino employees continue to get bad as the casino industry has come to a halt due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. Last week saw Caesars Entertainment furloughing around 90% of its nationwide workforce and MGM Resorts laying off over 60,000 employees. Most recently, Tribal company Four Winds Casinos, which operates three gambling venues in Michigan and one in South Bend, Indiana, has laid off around 1,500 employees as a result of the shutdown caused by the ongoing COVID-19.

“There is no intention that positions will be terminated,” wrote Frank Freedman, COO at Four Winds, in a letter to state officials. “Due to the rapid onset of Covid-19, for the safety and well-being of the employees, the casino has suspended services and is not open to the public,” Freedman added.

As per the announcement made on Friday, Eldorado Resorts, which is still to finalize the process of merging with Caesars, would also be furloughing 470 workers at two of its casinos in Colorado.

With the Coronavirus outbreak forcing casinos all around the world to close their doors, revenues continue to plummet and it is leading to mass layoffs. According to the American Gaming Association, the American casino industry is at risk of losing 1.8 billion jobs. Since the coronavirus outbreak in March, the number of unemployment in the US has reached over 22 million mark.